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Wisdom tooth extraction

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Wisdom tooth extraction

If your tooth has been broken by trauma or injury or damaged due to infection or decay and nothing can be done to save it, there is no other option but to extract it. It will be removed or extracted from its socket in the bone so that the decay does not reach the other teeth or in case of injury it does not continue to hurt and cause further damage.

Getting a tooth extracted is painful due to which the process is carried out under anesthesia but most of the people fear going through an extraction as they fear lots of pain and the bleeding that follows. It is important to know that under anesthesia, it does not cause much pain and the discomfort only lasts for a few days.

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A tooth is extracted in the similar manner as a dental surgery and due to the sensitivity of the matter, it is important to look after the affected area to ensure speedy and effective healing and reduce risk of infection.

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Tooth extraction process:

There are two types of extractions:

Simple extraction

This type of extraction is meant for tooth that is visible in the mouth; the dentist will loosen the tooth with a special instrument called elevator and remove it with forceps

Surgical extraction

It is a complex procedure that is perfumed when a tooth has either broken off at the gum line or has not yet broken past the gum line. The oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum to remove the tooth

Here are some key points to keep in mind after going through an extraction to avoid any problems:

  • You must avoid eating hot foods, smoking, drinking alcohol or doing any such activities to disturb blood clots that might have formed to avoid bleeding and sensitivity
  • Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after getting a tooth extracted and afterwards it is recommended that you rinse gently with warm salty water; half teaspoon of salt in a glass or warm water is ideal
  • Brush your teeth regularly to keep the mouth clean and free of any bacteria but don’t brush harshly around the extraction area
  • Avoid using paper tissue to clean up the blood where the tooth has been removed; the dentist will place gauze but you can also use a clean handkerchief to clear away blood or clots

There will be some swelling and discomfort in the initial days but it is normal as your gums are sensitive due to the extraction. If you feel pain, you can have a painkiller or consult your dentist regarding it.  In addition to this, if you feel pain a few days after extraction, it might be the place where the blood clot has broken down, leaving an empty hole in the gum known as a dry socket. If this happens, visit the dentist who will pack the wound and it will be better.

It is best to consult your dentist if the pain is unbearable or if the bleeding does not stop. You can roll a clean gauze or handkerchief into a firm pad, large enough to fit the gap in the extracted location and bite on it firmly for 10 to 15 minutes. This will give you an idea if the bleeding has stopped.  You must follow the doctor’s instruction after getting a tooth extracted to ensure quick and pain free healing.

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